Natives of Southeast Michigan and Northwest Ohio

by cleon1224 | created - 17 Sep 2014 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

A list of people born in the Southeastern Michigan and Northwestern Ohio areas.

1. Berry Gordy

Soundtrack | Guardians of the Galaxy

Berry Gordy was born on November 28, 1929 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Berry Gordy III. He was previously married to Grace Easton, Raynoma Singleton and Thelma Louise Coleman.

Born in Detroit, Michigan.

2. John Emerson

Producer | San Francisco

John Emerson was born on May 29, 1874 in Sandusky, Ohio, USA as Clifton Paden. He was a writer and director, known for San Francisco (1936), Come on In (1918) and Good-Bye, Bill (1918). He was married to Anita Loos. He died on March 7, 1956 in Pasadena, California, USA.

Born in Sandusky, Ohio.

3. Smokey Robinson

Soundtrack | Big Time

Multi-talented performer/writer/producer Smokey Robinson's career, and life, is inextricably tied up with Motown Records' founder Berry Gordy (his first two children are named Tamla, for the Gordy-owned label Smokey recorded for, and Berry, for Gordy himself). He and Gordy have had a professional ...

Born in Detroit, Michigan.

4. Keegan-Michael Key

Actor | Keanu

Keegan-Michael Key was born in Southfield, Michigan and raised in Detroit. He was adopted as a child by a black father and a white mother. In 1989, he graduated from Shrine Catholic High School in Royal Oak, Michigan. Key attended the University of Detroit Mercy as an undergraduate and earned his ...

Born in Southfield, Michigan; raised in Detroit.

5. Byron Allen

Producer | 47 Meters Down

Byron Allen was born in 1961 in Detroit. Not long afterward, he moved to LA. When he was just a teenager, he started doing stand-up clubs in Los Angeles. That was where comedian Jimmie Walker discovered him, and offered him a job as a writer. Allen worked alongside David Letterman and Jay Leno. He ...

Born in Detroit, Michigan.

6. Jamie Farr

Actor | M*A*S*H

Jamie Farr was born on July 1, 1934 in Toledo, Ohio, USA as Jameel Joseph Farah. He is an actor, known for M*A*S*H (1972), The Cannonball Run (1981) and Cannonball Run II (1984). He has been married to Joy Ann Richards since February 16, 1963. They have two children.

Born in Toledo, Ohio.

7. Elizabeth Berkley

Actress | Showgirls

Elizabeth Berkley was born in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Her mother, Jere, owns a gift basket business and her father, Fred, is a lawyer. Her family is Jewish. When Elizabeth was five her parents enrolled her at Detroit Dance Company. Loving dance, young Elizabeth began to take part in several ...

Born in Farmington Hills, Michigan.

8. George Peppard

Actor | Breakfast at Tiffany's

Handsome and elegant George Peppard occasionally displayed considerable talent through his career, but was too often cast in undemanding action roles. Following Broadway and television experience, he made a strong film debut in The Strange One (1957). He started getting noticed when he played ...

Born in Detroit, Michigan; went to high school in Dearborn.

9. Levi Stubbs

Actor | Little Shop of Horrors

Levi Stubbs was born on June 6, 1936 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Levi Stubbles. He was an actor, known for Little Shop of Horrors (1986), Captain N: The Game Master (1989) and Queer as Folk (2000). He was married to Clineice Townsend. He died on October 17, 2008 in Detroit.

Born in Detroit, Michigan.

10. Bobbie Smith

Self | Rhyme and Reason

Bobbie Smith was born on April 10, 1936 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Robert Smith. He died on March 16, 2013 in Orlando, Florida, USA.

Born in Detroit, Michigan.

11. Phyllis Diller

Actress | A Bug's Life

Diller put out an autobiography in 2005 in her late 80s, and entitled it "Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse", which pretty much says it all when recalling the misfit life and career of the fabulous, one-of-a-kind Phyllis Diller. It may inspire all those bored, discouraged and/or directionless ...

Born in Lima, Ohio.

12. Ed McMahon

Soundtrack | The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

Ed McMahon's first appearance before a microphone was as a 15-year-old "caller" at a bingo game in Maine. After that, he spent the next three years touring the state fair and carnival circuit. A Marine fighter pilot during World War II, McMahon sold vegetable slicers on Atlantic City's boardwalk to...

Born in Detroit, Michigan.

13. Kid Rock

Actor | Joe Dirt

Kid Rock was born on January 17, 1971 in Romeo, Michigan, USA as Robert James Ritchie. He was previously married to Pamela Anderson.

Born in Romeo, Michigan.

14. Anita Baker

Soundtrack | Forget Paris

Anita was born January 26, 1958 in Toledo, Ohio and grew up in Detroit, Michigan. She began singing in church choir when she was 12 and at 16 sang in a local group along with high school friends. In 1975 she successfully auditioned for the group Chapter 8, having been approached by bass player ...

Born in Toledo, Ohio; raised in Detroit.

15. Shaun Robinson

Actress | Bruce Almighty

Shaun Robinson was born on July 12, 1962 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. She is an actress, known for Bruce Almighty (2003), Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001) and America's Sweethearts (2001). She was previously married to Darryl Hamilton.

Born in Detroit, Michigan.

16. Kenya Moore

Actress | I Know Who Killed Me

Kenya Moore was born on January 24, 1971 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Kenya Summer Moore. She is an actress and producer, known for I Know Who Killed Me (2007), Dolls of Voodoo (2013) and The Confidant (2010). She has been married to Marc Daly since June 10, 2017. They have one child.

Born in Detroit, Michigan.

17. Bob Seger

Soundtrack | Beverly Hills Cop II

Bob Seger is an American singer, songwriter and musician. He performed and recorded as Bob Seger and the Last Heard and Bob Seger System throughout the 1960s, breaking through with his first national hit and album in 1968. By the early 1970s, he had dropped the 'System' from his recordings and ...

Born in Lincoln Park, Michigan; has lived in Dearborn and Ann Arbor. He currently has a home in Orchard Lake Village.

18. Kristen Bell

Actress | Frozen

Kristen Anne Bell (born 1980) is an American actress and singer. She was born and raised in Huntington Woods, Michigan, and is the daughter of Lorelei (Frygier), a nurse, and Tom Bell, a television news director. Her ancestry is Polish (mother) and German, English, Irish, and Scottish (father). ...

Born in Huntington Woods, Michigan.

19. Katie Holmes

Actress | Batman Begins

Born two months premature at four pounds, Kate Noelle Holmes made her first appearance on December 18, 1978, in Toledo, Ohio. She is the daughter of Kathleen Ann (Craft), a philanthropist, and Martin Joseph Holmes, Sr., a lawyer. She is of German, Irish, and English ancestry. Her parents have said ...

Born in Toledo, Ohio.

20. Donnie Simpson

Actor | Krush Groove

Donnie Simpson was born on January 30, 1954 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Krush Groove (1985), The Jamie Foxx Show (1996) and Disorderlies (1987). He is married to Pamela. They have two children.

Born in Detroit, Michigan.

21. Bobby Rogers

Soundtrack | Black Rain

Bobby Rogers was born on February 19, 1940 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Robert Rogers. He was married to Joan Hughes and Wanda Rogers. He died on March 3, 2013 in Southfield, Michigan.

Born in Detroit, Michigan.

22. Richard Street

Soundtrack | Glory Road

Richard Street was born on October 5, 1942 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Richard Allen Street. He was an actor, known for Glory Road (2006), Derrick (1974) and Happy New Year (1987). He was married to Cynthia and Carolyn Gill. He died on February 27, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Born in Detroit, Michigan.

23. Ali Woodson

Soundtrack | The Perfect Holiday

Ali Woodson is best known as a former lead singer of The Temptations. Yep, that was Ali that wrote and sang lead vocals on "Treat Her Like A Lady." Since leaving The Temptations, Ali has been visible not only in a multitude of films, but has been seen internationally in a string of Gospel musical ...

Born in Detroit, Michigan.

24. Max Gail

Actor | 42

Max Gail was born on April 5, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Maxwell Trowbridge Gail. He is an actor and director, known for 42 (2013), Barney Miller (1975) and General Hospital (1963). He has been married to Nan Harris since 1989. They have two children. He was previously married to Willie Beir.

Born in Detroit, Michigan.

25. Gail O'Grady

Actress | NYPD Blue

Gail O'Grady was born on January 23, 1963 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Gail Ann O'Grady. She is an actress, known for NYPD Blue (1993), Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999) and She's Having a Baby (1988). She was previously married to John Stamatakis, Anthony J Pellegrino, Steve Fenton, Severin ...

Born in Detroit, Michigan.

26. Selma Blair

Actress | Cruel Intentions

One of our most exciting and versatile actresses, Selma Blair first gained attention for her performance in Cruel Intentions (1999), a youthful retelling of the classic novel "Les Liaisons Dangereuses".

Selma was born in Southfield, Michigan, to Molly Ann (Cooke), a judge, and Elliot I. Beitner, a ...

Born in Southfield, Michigan.

27. Mayer Hawthorne

Soundtrack | It's Kind of a Funny Story

Mayer Hawthorne was born as Andrew Mayer Cohen.

Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

28. Adrianne Palicki

Actress | G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Adrianne Palicki was born on May 6, 1983 in Toledo, Ohio, to Nancy (French) and Jeffrey Palicki. Her father is of Polish and Hungarian descent, and her mother is of English and German ancestry. Adrianne graduated from Whitmer High School. She did not take the stage in her first play until she was a...

Born in Toledo, Ohio.

29. Pam Dawber

Actress | Mork & Mindy

Actress, Pam Dawber grew up in a suburb of Detroit. Her career began to take off when a friend who was going to New York suggested that Pam accompany her and bring along her modeling portfolio to show various New York modeling agents. A pretty girl, Pam had done some modeling in Detroit, where she ...

Born in Detroit, Michigan.

30. Reagan Gomez-Preston

Actress | Jerry Maguire

Reagan Gomez-Preston was born on April 24, 1980 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Reagan Amyre Gomez-Preston. She is an actress and writer, known for Jerry Maguire (1996), Surviving... (2015) and Almost Home (2013). She has been married to DeWayne Turrentine Jr. since November 10, 1999. They have two ...

Born in Detroit, Michigan.

31. Ted Nugent

Soundtrack | Pain & Gain

Ted Nugent was born on December 13, 1948 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Theodore Anthony Nugent. He has been married to Shemane Nugent since January 21, 1989. They have one child. He was previously married to Sandra Ann Jezowski.

Born in Detroit, Michigan.

32. Violent J

Soundtrack | Death Racers

Despite being one of the most hated bands in the world, Insane Clown Posse have managed to release several Platinum Albums. They've also managed to create the third highest grossing wrestling organization in the country; managed to keep the longest running hip hop record in BillBoard Top 200 ...

Born in Detroit, Michigan.

33. Shaggy 2 Dope

Actor | Big Money Rustlas

Shaggy 2 Dope was born on October 14, 1974 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Joseph William Utsler.

Born in Detroit, Michigan.

34. Christine Lahti

Actress | Chicago Hope

Christine Lahti was born April 4, 1950 in Birmingham, Michigan, to Elizabeth Margaret (Tabar), a painter and nurse, and Paul Theodore Lahti, a surgeon. She is of half Finnish and half Austro-Hungarian descent. She studied fine arts at Florida State University and received a bachelors degree in ...

Born in Birmingham, Michigan.

35. David Spade

Actor | Joe Dirt

Comic brat extraordinaire David Spade was born on July 22, 1964, in Birmingham, Michigan, the youngest of three brothers. He is the son of Judith J. (Meek), a writer and editor, and Wayne M. Spade, a sales rep, and is of German, English, Irish, and Scottish descent. Raised in both Scottsdale (from ...

Born in Birmingham, Michigan.

36. Tim Meadows

Actor | Mean Girls

Tim Meadows was born on February 5, 1961 in Highland Park, Michigan, USA as Timothy Meadows. He is an actor and writer, known for Mean Girls (2004), The Ladies Man (2000) and Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007). He was previously married to Michelle Taylor.

Born in Highland Park, Michigan.

37. David Alan Grier

Actor | In Living Color

David Alan Grier was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Aretas Ruth (Dudley), a schoolteacher, and William Henry Grier, a psychiatrist and writer. He trained in Shakespeare at Yale University, where he received an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.

Grier began his professional career on Broadway as ...

Born in Detroit, Michigan.

38. Neil Armstrong

Actor | Kitty Hawk: The Wright Brothers' Journey of Invention

Neil Armstrong was born on August 5, 1930 in Wapakoneta, Ohio, USA as Neil Alden Armstrong. He is known for his work on Kitty Hawk: The Wright Brothers' Journey of Invention (2003), Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey (2010) and Footprints on the Moon: Apollo 11 (1969). He was married to Carol ...

Born in Wapakoneta, Ohio.

39. Donald Byrd

Soundtrack | Confidence

Donald Byrd was born on December 9, 1932 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Donaldson Toussaint L'Ouverture Byrd II. He died on February 4, 2013 in Dover, Delaware, USA.

Born in Detroit, Michigan.

40. Brandon Francis

Actor | Bollocks

Brandon Francis was born as Justin Christopher Davis. He is an actor and writer, known for Bollocks (2012), Gekitsui (2014) and Axed (2012).

Born in Marion, Ohio.

41. Diana Ross

Actress | Lady Sings the Blues

Best known as the the lead singer of the popular 1960s singing group The Supremes, Diana Ernestine Earle Ross was born on March 26, 1944, in Detroit, Michigan, the second of six children of African-American parents Ernestine Lillian (Moten), a schoolteacher, and Fred Earl Ross, who served in the ...

Born in Detroit, Michigan.

42. Florence Ballard

Actress | Toast of the Town

Florence "Flo" Ballard was born and grew up in Detroit in the Brewster-Douglas public housing project for minories, where Diana Ross and Mary Wilson also grew up. The three childhood friends began singing together as the group The Primettes in 1959. The group became known as The Supremes in 1964 ...

Born in Detroit, Michigan.

43. Judy Greer

Actress | 13 Going on 30

Judy Greer was born and raised outside of Detroit, Michigan, as Judith Therese Evans. She is the daughter of Mollie Ann (née Greer), a hospital administrator and former nun, and Richard Evans, a mechanical engineer. She has German, Irish, English, Welsh, and Scottish ancestry. After training for ...

Born in Detroit, Michigan; raised in Redford Township and Livonia.

44. Lamont Dozier

Soundtrack | Buster

Lamont Dozier was born on June 16, 1941 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Lamont Herbert Dozier. He has been married to Barbara Ullman Dozier since November 20, 1980. They have three children.

Born in Detroit, Michigan.

45. Brian Holland

Soundtrack | X-Men: Days of Future Past

Brian Holland was born on February 15, 1941 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He was previously married to Sharon.

Born in Detroit, Michigan.

46. Eddie Holland

Soundtrack | X-Men: Days of Future Past

Eddie Holland was born on October 30, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Edward Holland Jr.

Born in Detroit, Michigan.

47. Hank Ballard

Soundtrack | Back to the Future

Hank Ballard grew up singing gospel in church in his hometown of Bessemer, Alabama. He had always wanted to sing professionally, and at 16 years of age got a chance to do it when he took over a group called The Royals, which had been organized in 1950 (and among whose original members were Levi ...

Born in Detroit, Michigan.

48. Leon Ware

Soundtrack | Bad Boys

Leon Ware was born on February 16, 1940 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He was married to Carol and Susaye Green. He died on February 23, 2017 in Marina del Rey, California, USA.

Born in Detroit, Michigan.

49. Della Reese

Actress | Touched by an Angel

Della began singing in her hometown of Detroit when she was 6 years old. As a teenager, she toured with gospel great Mahalia Jackson and, at the age of 18, she formed the Meditation Singers and became the first performer to take gospel music to the casinos of Las Vegas. She was a vocalist with the ...

Born in Detroit, Michigan.

50. Dey Young

Actress | Pretty Woman

Dey Young was raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She got her BFA from Scripps College and continued her acting at London Academy of Music and Dramatics Arts. She is a versatile actress in Film, TV and Theater. She is known for Pretty Woman (1990), Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979), Spaceballs (...

Born in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

51. Sharon Case

Actress | The Young and the Restless

Sharon Case was born on February 9, 1971 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. She is known for her work on The Young and the Restless (1973), Diplomatic Immunity (1991) and Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990). She was previously married to Sandy Corzine.

Born in Detroit, Michigan.

52. Lily Tomlin

Actress | Nashville

Lily Tomlin was born September 1, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, to Lillie Mae (Ford) and Guy Tomlin, who moved to Michigan from Paducah, Kentucky, during the Great Depression. Her mother was a nurse's aide and her father was a factory worker. She graduated from Cass Technical High School in 1957, and ...

Born in Detroit, Michigan.

53. Deborah Ouellette

Actress | The Heartbreak Cafe

Deborah was born and raised in Detroit and began her career in entertainment at the young age of six, tap dancing and performing locally for Detroit community events and local TV shows. Her love for dance grew as she performed Jazz, Ballet, Tap and Hawaiian dance at local charity events and Senior ...

Born in Detroit, Michigan.

54. Gracie Dzienny

Actress | Bumblebee

Gracie Dzienny was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. Dzienny is the youngest of three siblings and began modeling at the age of five after winning a Loreal contest. Dzienny's modeling career took her to New York where she continued modeling and began appearing in commercials. She is known for her ...

Born in Toledo, Ohio.

55. Derk Cheetwood

Actor | The Postman

Derk Cheetwood was born on October 8, 1973 in Bowling Green, Ohio, USA. He is an actor, known for The Postman (1997), Frailty (2001) and U-571 (2000). He has been married to Cari Costner since August 5, 2006. They have one child.

Born in Bowling Green, Ohio.

56. Ken Jeong

Actor | The Hangover

Ken Jeong is an American actor, comedian, and physician. He is known for his roles as Ben Chang on the critically acclaimed NBC/Yahoo! sitcom Community (2009) and gangster Leslie Chow in The Hangover (2009) Trilogy. He appeared in Michael Bay's Pain & Gain (2013), as Johnny Wu, a motivational ...

Born in Detroit, Michigan.

57. Rodney Saulsberry

Actor | The Bold and the Beautiful

Rodney Saulsberry is one of the most sought after voice-over artist in the world. He is the voice of many commercial products that include, Twix Candy Bars, Zatarain's Cajun Foods and Instant Tax Services. In 2011, Rodney was nominated for a NAACP Image Award, in the category of "Outstanding Actor ...

Born in Detroit, Michigan.

58. Afton Williamson

Actress | Man on a Ledge

Afton Williamson is an actress, known for Man on a Ledge (2012), Banshee (2013) and The Following (2013).

Born in Toledo, Ohio.

59. Mia Serafino

Actress | Crowded

Mia Serafino was born on April 19, 1989 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. She is known for her work on Crowded (2016), Shameless (2011) and Oz the Great and Powerful (2013).

Born in Detroit, Michigan.

60. Nicole Curtis

Producer | Rehab Addict

Nicole Curtis was born on August 20, 1976 in Lake Orion, Michigan, USA as Nicole Lynn Curtis. She is a producer, known for Rehab Addict (2010), Daryl's Restoration Over-Hall (2014) and Beach Flip (2015).

Born in Lake Orion, Michigan.

61. Dana Elcar

Actor | The Sting

Dana Elcar was born on October 10, 1927 in Ferndale, Michigan, USA as Ibson Dana Elcar. He was an actor and director, known for The Sting (1973), MacGyver (1985) and 2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984). He was married to Marianne Torrance, Margaret "Peggy" Romano and Katherine Frances Mead. He ...

Born in Ferndale, Michigan.

62. Dax Shepard

Actor | Hit and Run

Dax Randall Shepard was born in 1975 in Milford, a suburb of Detroit, Michigan, to Laura (LaBo), who worked at GM, and Dave Robert Shepard, Sr., a car salesman. His mother is of French-Canadian and Belgian descent. With both his parents working in the automotive industry, Dax's first love was cars.

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Born in Milford, Michigan.

63. Sam Jaeger

Actor | Lucky Number Slevin

Sam Jaeger began his professional career in New York, while still attending Otterbein College in Ohio, landing a guest-starring role on Law & Order (1990). He also spent several seasons doing theater in NY before making the move to Los Angeles. Once in LA, he landed parts in two feature films, ...

Born in Perrysburg, Ohio.

64. Max Wright

Actor | ALF

Max Wright was born on August 2, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as George Wright. He was an actor, known for ALF (1986), All That Jazz (1979) and Norm (1999). He was married to Linda Ybarrondo. He died on June 26, 2019 in Hermosa Beach, California, USA.

Born in Detroit, Michigan.

65. Alyson Stoner

Actress | Phineas and Ferb

Alyson Stoner got her start as a triple threat on the Disney Channel, co-hosting "Mike's Super Short Show". By age seven, she won the hearts of an older generation as the "Little Pigtailed Dancer" in Missy Elliott's music video, Missy Elliott: Work It (2002). Since her early reign, Alyson has ...

Born in Toledo, Ohio.

66. Kirsten Haglund

Self | Entertainment Tonight

Kirsten Haglund was born on September 14, 1988 in Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA as Kirsten Lora Haglund. She was previously married to Ryan Smith.

Born in Farmington Hills, Michigan.

67. Barbara Lewis

Soundtrack | The Bridges of Madison County

Barbara Lewis was born on February 9, 1943 in Salem, Michigan, USA.

Born in Salem, Michigan; has lived in South Lyon.

Born in South Lyon, Michigan.

69. Frank Graham

Actor | The Three Caballeros

Frank Graham was born on November 22, 1914 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for The Three Caballeros (1944), Cosmo Jones in the Crime Smasher (1943) and Northwest Hounded Police (1946). He died on September 2, 1950 in Hollywood, California, USA.

Born in Detroit, Michigan.



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